This apple pie with spiced wholemeal pastry is a reminder of my childhood and inspired by my mum's cooking. Fruit pies are such a comfort food and this healthier one is low in sugar and makes a delicious family friendly dessert.
This month the theme for Recipe Redux is Pie Love i.e. to give a healthy twist to a sweet or savoury pie. Well, to me pies are real comfort food and remind me of growing up as my mum used to make lots of pies both sweet and savoury.
We would have meat pies and chicken pies followed by apple, rhubarb or plum pies. My mum makes very good pies and luckily for her, my dad loves his pies. Or should I say her pies.
Unfortunately my husband is not a big fan of pastry so I rarely actually make a pie myself. I'm more likely to get my pie fix when I'm out and about, and of course bought pies are never as good as homemade ones. And rarely even remotely healthy. And the pastry is definitely not as good!
So, starved of homemade pies for a long long time, I was pleased to have a real reason to actually make one for this challenge. Because I so rarely make pies, what could be more appropriate than having a go at recreating my mum's apple pie?
Why this homemade apple pie is so good!
You see, although pies have a reputation for being unhealthy, as far as pies go, my mum's are on the healthier side. She always makes pastry out of wholemeal flour and I love the crumbliness that that gives the pie.
It may not look so attractive and is difficult to work with but it just melts in your mouth. It also gives the pastry a slight nutty flavour, which is helped here by the mixed spice as well. The mixed spice is optional and is very subtle. You could just add it to the apple instead for a more spiced pie.
I can't claim a pie is healthy, but this pie is slightly healthier than some pies in that the fruit isn't encased in pastry. There's a layer of fruit and then a layer of pastry. So much easier and also no need to worry about a soggy bottom!
Finally the fruit. I used sweet apples so didn't need to add any sugar to sweeten them. Although I did add a squeeze of agave nectar for just a little extra sweetness and taste.
What to serve with apple pie
As you can see, I ate this pie with ice cream. I could have had it with natural yogurt but that would have defeated the purpose a little. Why recreate your mum's pie and then not serve it the way she would have done? It had to be served warm with vanilla ice cream. Nothing else would have done. I hope you understand.
Apple Pie Recipe with Spiced Wholemeal Pastry
Apple Pie with Spiced Wholemeal Pastry
- 4 sweet apples peeled, cored and chopped
- 1 tbsp agave nectar optional
Ingredients for the Pastry
- 200 g wholemeal flour
- 100 g butter
- ½ tsp mixed spice
- a little cold water
- Put the apples in a saucepan with a little water and simmer until the apples are soft but still hold their shape. Don't let them boil dry. Add a splash of water if it looks like the pan might get too dry. Add a little agave nectar if they are not sweet enough.
- Put the apples in the bottom of a greased pie dish.
- Make the pastry by putting the flour and butter in a food processor and blending until it looks like breadcrumbs. Alternatively rub the butter into the flour with your fingertips.
- Turn the mixture out onto a work surface and add a couple of tablespoons of cold water from the fridge. Bring the mixture together with your hands to form a ball of pastry.
- Wrap the pastry in cling film and put in the fridge to rest for about 20 minutes.
- Put a little flour on the work surface and roll the pastry out until it's the right size and shape to cover the pie. The pastry will be very crumbly and difficult to work with without it breaking up but this is also what gives it its light crumbly texture after it's cooked.
- Make a couple of cuts on top of the pie so the steam can escape and then bake the pie in the oven at 180°C for about 20-25 minutes.
- Let the pie cool for about 15 minutes before serving with ice cream. Or yogurt.
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